Hello again, starting to feel a bit bad for spamming this forum, but I'm getting straighter answers here than from INZ.

I'm going for a work visa as a Chef, which is listed on the LTSSL, but I don't meet the qualifications aspect of that (all work experience from the bottom up, which is pretty normal in the industry- I never got qualifications)
So I an not exempted from the labour market check on that ground.
However, I am also on a SMC Visa app in progress with job offer, so I wondered if I might be exempt on that grounds, though I am not the principal app.

So far, talking with INZ has told me that yes, I absolutely am exempt from the check on that basis, and no I absolutely am not because I'm not the principal app, depending on which officer I speak to Does anyone have any concrete evidence either way on this?
I shouldn't be too worried, as I know for a fact that chefs are in short supply, and especially hard to find in the area I'm in - they just can't get people, or the people they do get bugger off pretty quickly. But I don't know if immigration take this into account, or if they just get a list from WINZ that says there's X amount of unemployed in the wider region who could do this job, decline the visa?
I've pretty much lost faith in any info I get from INZ direction regarding visa's - every issue I've had I've gotten conflicting advice on.